A look at Cork City ahead of the new SSE Airtricity Men's First Division season
Cork City will make no bones about being disappointed to be in the SSE Airtricity Men’s First Division this year but with a new Manager at the helm, there is a sense of a new era beginning at Turner’s Cross in 2024.
The ambition will be simple, and obvious, in regaining promotion immediately with the title come the end of the new season.
Tim Clancy will have achieved this previously at Drogheda United so knows exactly what it takes to win the Division which is notoriously difficult to navigate throughout the year.
He’ll do so with a host of new signings that he’s brought through the door in the opening weeks of his tenure and he knows full well what the task is ahead.
Speaking to the media on his appointment, Clancy said: “I still think it’s a hugely attractive opportunity to play for City in the SSE Airtricity Men’s First Division. We’re looking to sign players who can play with us in the top flight next year.
“First off, I’m here to win the league. That’s my sole objective but if we can do that we’re certainly planning for another year.”
Headlining the new faces is Jack Doherty who arrives after a stellar season with Cobh Ramblers in 2023 and will no doubt provide the creative spark needed in the ten role to help the Rebel Army.
Evan McLaughlin comes in from Derry City too bringing plenty of potential in what will be a perfect platform for him too to develop at such a massive Club.
Sean Murray and Greg Bolger also come into the fold bringing a high level with them that should cement Cork City as favourites for the title this year.
Holding onto Captain Cian Coleman and Barry Coffey too must be seen as crucial to give them every chance of returning to the top flight at the first attempt.
It remains to be seen who the principal challengers will be as Wexford look to build on a very strong end to 2023 and UCD will always provide a challenge – especially with one Ronan Finn coming into the set up.
Whoever the challengers are, City fans will be expecting them to be swathed away with ease.
Finish last season – 9th in SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division (Relegated by Waterford in Play-Off)
Manager – Tim Clancy
Key player – Jack Doherty